Being a list maker by nature, I decided to make a list of some of the books I've loved. They're from various genres (though I didn't include picture books), and each book has touched me in some way. It's not a big list--it's what first came to mind when I decided to write down books that have stuck with me, forcing me to think of them months or years after reading them. I'll write them here in no particular order.
*THE PRINCESS DIARIES by Meg Cabot
*THE SECRET GARDEN and A LITTLE PRINCESS by Frances Hodgson Burnett
*CHARLOTTE'S WEB by E.B. White
*DAVID COPPERFIELD by Charles Dickens
*THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA by C.S. Lewis
*Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
*NICK & NORAH'S INFINITE PLAYLIST by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
*THE BOYFRIEND LIST by E. Lockhart
*Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer
*TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee
*A PAINTED HOUSE by John Grisham
*AWAY by Amy Bloom
*THE HOBBIT by J.R.R. Tolkien
*SAVING JULIET by Suzanne Selfors
*A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN by Betty Smith
*THE GRAPES OF WRATH by John Steinbeck
*PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Jane Austen
*THE WEDNESDAY WARS by Gary D. Schmidt
*THE LIGHTNING THIEF by Rick Riordan
I'm kind of surprised so many are not modern, but I guess it makes sense. I loved reading CHARLOTTE'S WEB, for example, as a child and as an adult, but it's so much more to me than a good--or even amazing--read; it was one of the first books that inspired me to be a writer, way back in elementary school. Right now, more books are coming to mind, mostly classics, but I won't add them since I didn't think of them when I initially wrote the list..
If I could only write something that later ends up on some other writer's list...
What books have you loved?